Illustrates what happens when filmmakers take a moderately interesting premise and surround it with witless writing, cringe-inducing acting, stagnant action, humor-deprived comedy, and feckless drama.
This is first and foremost a Roger Corman exploitation special and, as such, it offers all the necessary ingredients: cheesy action, laughable gore, and plenty of T&A.
"Juvenile" is too sophisticated a word to describe this dumber-than-dumb, unfunnier-than-unfunny comedy.
The biggest shock of this new movie re-imagination is that it makes the cheesy TV series seem fresh and smart by comparison.
With its grim tone and sickening content, this gruesome gore-fest is an unwatchable piece of excrement.
This remake is not only worse than the first film, but worse to the point of unwatchability.
When the end credits roll, it’s hard to decide whether the most appropriate feeling should be disgust, despair, or despondency.
U.S. Release Date: 1978-11-17
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Science Fiction/Variety
Director: Steve Binder
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, Mickey Morton, Paul Gale, Patty Maloney, Beatrice Arthur, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, Diahann Carroll, Jefferson Starship
The cliche "it's so bad, it's good" doesn't apply here. "The Star Wars Holiday Special" isn't enjoyable on any level, campy or otherwise. It's just ugly, painful, and boring.
“Hollow cash grab” is one way to describe "The Grinch." Equally appropriate would be “soulless abomination.”
Viewers are saddled with a generic slasher flick, a predictably high body count, and a story that relies more on gore than suspense for its substance.